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Who We Are

Ama Josephine Budge

Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities. Ama is a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies with Dr Gail Lewis at Birkbeck. Her research takes a queer, decolonial approach to challenging climate colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on inherently environmentalist pleasure practices in Ghana. Ama is a member of Queer Ecologies 2020, runs the Apocalypse Reading Room project  and Lead Artist on the MycoLective project with Chisenhale Studios and Feral Practice.

Hari Byles

Hari Byles is a researcher and compostist with a focus is on accessibility, sustainability, soil care and alternative sanitation. They have worked for a number of food and medicine growing projects across London through which they aim to bring ecological and social justice together through everyday actions and inventive methods. As part of the Roving Microscope Hari has been exploring soil microbiology, soil health and our relationship to microbes, and aims to bring an intersectional queer lens to this work through their collaboration with Queer Ecologies. Currently they are developing a soil care and alternative sanitation coopbased at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve.

Linden Katherine MacMahon

Linden Katherine McMahon is a writer, performer, teaching artist, and nature connection facilitator. They write poetry and fiction exploring connections between humans and non-human nature, reimagining belonging and kinship, and celebrating queer joy and liberation. They aim to use poetry and stories towards building queer, feminist, decolonial, and sustainable futures through community and solidarity. They also like baking elaborate desserts, making pots, and reading sci-fi books. In 2019, Hari & Linden ran the Open Gardens Treasure Trail project, working with Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, local growers, the Bengali East End Heritage Society, and the Live Art Development Agency (LADA). You can read more about it and download Connecting Words, the zine we made to record it all here.